Stone Mountain Center: Was founded in 1989, by Dr. Stephen Larsen. After twenty years of seeing biofeedback enhance quality of life for the college students he taught, Dr. Larsen decided to bring its healing and optimizing influence to his psychotherapy practice. The results were so positive that in 1996 he retired from his psychology professorship and went into full time clinical practice and writing. In the twelve years since then, his practice has grown exponentially with a satellite office in New York City, and several affiliates in the Hudson Valley of New York. Now incorporated as Stone Mountain, PC, the center treats a wide variety of patients with CNS problems: anxiety and depression, brain injury and trauma, attention and learning problems and sleep disorders.
Through the not-for profit Center for Symbolic Studies, which sponsors personal growth seminars and educational projects, SMC also conducts trainings for professionals who wish to learn the LENS f orm of neurofeedback. Dr. Larsen and his wife, Dr. Robin Larsen also lead regular groups in Dreamwork for psychotherapists, artists and writers, and the Joseph Campbell Roundtable of Mythological Studies.
(See also symbolicstudies.org)
Books by Stephen Larsen, or Jointly authored by Stephen and Robin Larsen are described in the section on Books.
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., LMHC (New York State) A.I.B.T., B.C.I.A.-eeg is a graduate of Columbia University, (B.A., M.A.), and The Union Graduate School (Ph.D.). He is Psychology Professor Emeritus at SUNY Ulster, where he ran a biofeedback laboratory that served students and staff, for twenty-eight years. During this time he also trained in clinical depth psychotherapy with Edward Whitmont, M.D., Training Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, and, in the 1970’s, with Stanislav Grof, M.D., then Staff Psychiatrist and researcher at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. He also studied for over twenty years with Joseph Campbell, M.A. LL.D., in the interpretation of Myth, and Dream Symbolism.
More recently Stephen is certified at the level of Mentor by the AIBT (American Institute of Biofeedback Technicians), and in EEG by the BCIA (Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) where he is a Fellow. He is also licensed in HeartMath, and trained directly under Len Ochs for about 10 years, also serving as a teacher and trainer. A former yoga instructor, he also holds a second-degree black belt in Japanese Karate, and is a certified Qi Gong therapist.
Stephen is a co-founder, with his wife Robin, of the not-for-profit Center for Symbolic Studies, which sponsors seminars, seasonal festivals, programs for youth and the developmentally disabled. He is also the author of The Shaman’s Doorway, The Mythic Imagination, and with Robin, A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell, and The Fashioning of Angels: Partnership as Spiritual Practice. More recently he authored The Healing Power of Neurofeedback, the Revolutionary LENS Method for Restoring Optimal Brain Function, The Fundamentalist Mind: How Polarized Thinking Imperils us All, and The Neurofeedback Solution (2012). Stephen is currently working on two new books on brain functioning, conducting research, and presenting at professional conferences internationally.
Supervising Psychiatrist Emeritus:
Willie K. Yee, M.D. is a Board Certified psychiatrist. His M.D. is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed an Internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York and a Residency in Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Social and Community Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is retired from his position as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Ulster County Mental Health as well as Stone Mountain Center (2013). In the past he was a Psychiatric Applications Developer for the PKC Corporation and the Project Psychiatrist for the New York State-funded Family Support Demonstration Project. Willie K. Yee, M.D.
Home Office: 21 Tricor Ave, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845)-255-0660
Heather Duke graduated with a B.A. from Indiana University and completed a two year Waldorf teacher training seminar in Hamburg, Germany, where she also perfected her German language skills. She also pursued supplemental training as a remedial educator in a program at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. Heather brings her experience with sensitive children to her work at Stone Mountain Center. Some of her interests include the traditional stories of the Pacific Northwest, clowning, and performance art. She began her own personal journey healing and sorting out life after a traumatic brain injury, which, along with reading Stephen Larsen’s book, The Healing Power of Neurofeedback inspired her to pursue training as a neurofeedback technician. She has currently completed her 60 Hour certificate as a Technician, and is working toward her 120 certificate as a Clinician. She regularly attends professional conferences and trainings.
Beth StewartAfter a fairly lengthy career working in the human service field, Beth decided to follow a calling to become self-employed and is now a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has classes and also works with clients individually in this very subtle but effective movement education process. In addition, Beth is also the billing manager at Stone Mountain Center and has worked there since 1997.
Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist The Kingston Center for Integrative Healingwith 25 years of experience. Starting in 2003 she has trained in the LENS, and has since become a senior clinician and trainer, also headed the research initiative of the LENS internationally. She incorporates the LENS into her psychotherapy and Marriage and Family Counseling.
Location: 28 Lafayette Ave. Kingston, NY 12401
MindCare Center / Integrative Medicine Group:
Anton Bluman M.S., AIBT Anton Bluman is a certified NeuroBiofeedback practitioner, NYS licensed Mental Health Counselor and Speech-Language Pathologist.Anton is affiliated with Stone Mountain Center and with the Integrative Medicine Group,Tarrytown,Westchester County,NY where he uses the LENS neurofeedback alone,and with related therapies to alieviate neuro-logical conditions in adults,children,and to train stress management, peak performance and facilitate personal growth.
Contact: phone: office (914) 524-0710
cell (914) 393-5616
Appointments are available at:
Stone Mountain Counseling Center
or for an extra charge to be
House Calls in the comfort of your home or hotel.
Website: coming soon…
Consulting Neuropsychologist:J. Lawrence Thomas, Ph.D.
SMC Main Office:
Is located near the historic town of New Paltz, in the Hudson Valley of New York. Adirondack Trailways provides transportation to New Paltz (5 miles, cabs more readily accessible). or Rosendale (a 2 1/2 mile cab ride, cabs not so accessible). Driving by car from New York City it is safe to leave two hours (though some have done it quicker). We are about 15 miles from Poughkeepsie, which is serviced by both Metro-North and Amtrak–but a much longer cab ride.
for Directions see our Directions Page
New York City Office–
Is located at 19 W. 34th Street in Manhattan, a couple of blocks east of Macy’s, a little North of Madison Square Garden, and across the street from the Empire State Building.
It is readily accessible to Penn Station and Grand Central (shuttle and a single subway stop.) Reached by the IRT 7th Ave. Line and numerous metropolitan busses. Parking garages are usually available on 35th and 36th st. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The entrance is on the North side of 34th between Ave of the Americas (6th) and Fifth Avenue.
The office is room 33 of the Penthouse therapy complex managed by the Sociometric Institute (you can give that name to the concierge in the Lobby, and when you arrive at the 13th floor, ask the receptionist for Stone Mountain Center, Dr. Stephen Larsen or Dr. Thomas.)
19 West 34th Street,
Room #33, Penthouse
New York, NY
Phone: 212- 947-7111 Room 33, or
extension x346 for voicemail